July 18, 2019

Can't Israel Make Peace without Trump's Plan?

“Sometime next month, the United States will unveil the peace plan it has been working on amid great hype, hope and attention ever since President Donald Trump moved into the Oval Office in 2017.

What the plan contains is a closely guarded secret in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah. Three people hold the keys: Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner, Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Each of these men has a small staff that is also familiar with the plan, and to their credit very little has leaked out until now.

Here is what we know: As first reported in The Jerusalem Post a few weeks ago, the plan will be unveiled sometime in June. At first the administration had seriously considered releasing its plan immediately after last month’s elections in Israel but before the establishment of a new government. In the end, though, that idea was shelved after the Americans understood that such a move would be perceived as interfering in Israel’s post-election governmental process.

So why June? Because that will be after a new government has been formed in Jerusalem, after Israel’s Independence Day and Remembrance Day, and after Ramadan. There will be no more excuses – for Israel or the Palestinians – why the plan cannot come out.”

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